County government not environmentally friendly?

As some of you may know, I work for Durham County. My department generates a lot of paper waste (and plastic bottles). I started saving the paperboard packaging that all our stuff comes in, and today a guy from the recycling company got all bitchy at me, because they don't collect that.

Seriously? Mixed paper! It's all forms of paper. Orange County just added paperboard to its curbside collection, though it's always had paperboard at the drop-off points.

County governments should lead the way in recycling and sustainability by promoting an environmentally-friendly atmosphere. We can't even turn our own lights off in the building! And we're not allowed to shut our computers down overnight or over the weekend. What kind of garbage is THAT?

DC Human Services is getting a new building, that's supposed to be state of the art and all this. But I highly doubt it's being constructed with any green considerations in mind, as the county always goes with the lowest bidder (and ends up spending twice that anyway.)

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Sounds about right

waste waste waste

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Perish the thought!

Don't you have to live in the county to be on BOCC, anyway?

I emailed someone in the Soil & Water Conservation department, and asked her to forward it to a more appropriate person if necessary, since I don't know where to begin.

I'm very much a type A person, though, and organizing & streamlining is my forte. I have no patience, however.

(I heard a rumor that the county fired a consulting firm it hired when the CF said they had too many people who were doing the same job. But you didn't hear it from me.)

Don't fret

Soil & Water Conservation will not provide your solution but you may find someone knowledgeable enough to pass it on.

You might need the Purchasing Department
which is part of Finance:
or more likely General Services:

According to Durham County records the new Human Services building has been designed by the Freelon Group to US Green Building Council LEED standards. Looks pretty spiffy. The East Regional Library by the Freelon Group received LEED certification in March.

Yeah, SWC was a long shot

but I had an email from someone in my inbox, so I used that. She recommended general services, though I'm not sure where to begin with that (ie, whom to address my letter to.)

Good news on the new building, though. I'll believe it when I set foot in it, though ;)